Runes – Birth Chart, Hours, Half Months


RunesHour Runes

The 24 runes of the Elder Futhark can be used to determine time with regard to the 24 hour clock the actual hour being the midpoint of the maximum influence of the rune, times some way before and after the hour are on the cusp of either the preceding or following rune which exerts an influence.

There are four directional runes which also relate to times of the day.

North – Jera: midnight 00.00 hours

East – Berkana:  06.00 hours

South – Dagaz: midday 12.00 hours

West – Kenaz:  18.00 hours

The hourly times of the runes start with the first letter in the runic alphabet Fehu at 12.30 and have the following hourly time slots which are as follows.

Fehu 12.30 – 13.30 Eiwaz 00.30 – 01.30
Uruz 13.30 – 14.30 Pertho 01.30 –  02.30
Thurisaz 14.30 – 15.30 Algiz 02.30 – 03.30
Ansuz 15.30 – 16.30 Sowelo 03.30 – 04.30
Raido 16.30 – 17.30 Tiwaz 04.30 – 05.30
Kaunaz 17.30 –  18.30 Berkana 05.30 – 06.30
Gebo 18.30 – 19.30 Ehwaz 06.30 – 07.30
Wunjo 19.30 – 20.30 Mannaz 07.30 – 08.30
Hagalaz 20.30 – 21.30 Laguz 08.30 –  09.30
Nauthiz 21.30 – 22.30 Inguz 09.30 – 10.30
Isa 22.30 – 23.30 Othila 10.30 – 11.30
Jera 23.30 – 00.30 Dagaz 11.30 – 12.30

Half Month Runes

There are also 24 runic half months in a yearly cycle as show below, the half months start and finish on the same day although I assume that before and after midday would be a rough dividing point.

Rune From To Rune From To
Fehu Jun 29th Jul 14th Eiwaz Dec 28th Jan 14th
Uruz Jul 14th Jul 29th Pertho Jan 14th Jan 28th
Thurisaz Jul 29th Aug 12th Algiz Jan 28th Feb 12th
Ansuz Aug 13th Aug 29th Sowelo Feb 12th Feb 27th
Raido Aug 29th Sep 13th Tiwaz Feb 27th Mar 14th
Kaunaz Sep 13th Sep 28th Berkana Mar 14th Mar 30th
Gebo Sep 28th Oct 13th Ehwaz Mar 30th Apr 14th
Wunjo Oct 13th Oct 28th Mannaz Apr 14th Apr 29th
Hagalaz Oct 28th Nov 13th Laguz Apr 29th May 14th
Nauthiz Nov 13th Nov 28th Inguz May 14th May 29th
Isa Nov 28th Dec 13th Othila May 29th Jun 14th
Jera Dec 13th Dec 28th Dagaz Jun 14th Jun 29th

Natal or Birth Chart

Therefore, certain times of the day are influenced by two or possibly three runes, for instance 10am on July 5th would be influenced by the hour rune Inguz and the half month rune Fehu. However 10.25am on July 5th would be on the cusp of the hour rune Othila which would also have an influence. This is also serves as the basis of a natal or birth chart in runic astrology.

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